What is a C.S.A. Farm Share?
A "CSA Farm Share" is a simple idea in which a "Member" buys a "Share of a farmer's harvest at the beginning of the growing season, and then comes to a "Pick-up" point or the farm each week to pick up their "Share" of the farm's vegetable harvest or that is usually packaged in a bag or boxed. This is what is called "Community Supported Agriculture" or CSA.
What is a CSA Program all about:
A CSA Program is both an investment and a risk for the farmer and the family who joins. Together we are sharing in the risks and rewards of farming. We have to understand that we are in Alabama, with unpredictable weather, using only natural growing methods for fertility, and against insect and fighting any disease. We take this approach because we believe the potential risks associated with these synthetic chemicals, fungicides and commercial fertilizers outweigh the benefits. To learn more about the advantages for farmers and consumers participating in a CSA, visit www.localharvest.org/csa/
Reasons Families invest is a CSA harvest:
Many folks just want to experience truly fresh food and have an appetite for a variety not available at a supermarket. For some, it's about reducing the amount of food miles your food travels and the amount of fossil fuels that is used to transport you food, your average vegetable travels over 1500 miles before it's consumed....
Many join for their health. Simply visiting the farm can be a stress reliever, eating food that is natural, clean and free of synthetic chemicals has to be the right choice. The concept of supporting local farms is important to any community's rural character.
To some families it's about interacting with nature, visiting the farm and experiencing how their produce is grown and handled while helping their children to also learn. Many families enjoy the community environment where like-minded people share recipes, ideas and experiences as well as sharing in the vegetables.
Additionally, you can be proud that you are helping a small family farm and supporting a sustainable local food source. There is no better way to receive the most delicious and nutritious food on earth, not to mention embracing the concept of "KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD." Support comes from purchasing a "share" which is returned to you in the form of weekly a harvest. So, join us for a season and share the harvest!
Reasons a CSA Might Not Be Right For You:
- If you want every type of vegetable, each and every week, A CSA might not be right for you. Eating seasonally means that you eat the crops that are at the peak of ripeness at that point in the season. Early in the year, that could mean most of the ingredients for a salad, but no Summer or Fall vegetables. In July, you won't receive any spinach or lettuce, but the summer squashes and watermelons will be delicious! We grow seasonally, as Nature intended it.
- If you prefer vegetables that are perfectly formed, blemish and dirt-free, our CSA might not be right for you. Our veggies are healthy, natural, sometimes are not perfect and may have some dirt on them depending on the vegetable.
- We prefer members who are happy and positive, with a can-do type of personalities... our farm is meant to be a great, positive experience for you, your family, your fellow members and for us! We welcome constructive feedback, but please remember, we work our tails off in blazing sun and pouring rain to bring you delicious vegetables.
Which Share is Right for You?
Determining the correct membership for you and your family depends on the amount of fresh produce consumed by the household.
The weekly share should provide ample vegetables for a family of four or five whereas an individual, a couple or a family of three might find the "every other week" share better suits their needs.
These are only guidelines, of course. Families and individuals can have such a contrast in eating habits and it's difficult to say which would be the right choice.